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On my recent visit to Helsinki lovely friends took me to Lake Tuusula, about 30 minutes from Helsinki.

We visited the house of Finnish painter Pekka Halonen. (1865 – 1933). He was famous for his Finnish landscapes and people in Realist style.

His beautiful wooden house sits by the edge of the lake. The position provided him with perfect inspiration for his art. He designed the house himself with his brother Antti and called it Halosenniemi.

I wish I could show you the inside of the house but there was a strict, no photo rule. Instead come for a walk around the outside. It was a bleak autumn day on our visit, but the garden and the views from it are enchanting. I must return in spring.

Pekka Halonen

Pekka Halonen i

Pekka Halonen

Pekka Halonen

Halonen’s studio was opened for the first time to the public in the 1950s. Tickets cost €8 and is open Tuesday – Sunday. The house is stunning and it is a wonderful insight into the life of the artist.

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Egg

Egg is an interesting restaurant beside the harbour, below the Russian church.

Egg Helsinki

Unsurprisingly, they serve omelettes, and they are very good.

Egg Helsinki

The decor is simple.

Egg Helsinki

Egg Helsinki

I ordered the fish omelette. It was delicious!

Egg Helsinki

Egg is a cheerful, inexpensive place to eat in Helsinki…try it.

Egg Helsinki

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Goodbye summer

Summer is almost over in Helsinki. Here is a reminder of how beautiful the city looked in this lovely season.

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Helsinki

I will be back in the city next week to see the beginning of autumn.

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Johan & Nystrom is a great place to have coffee. In the warm summer months there are tables outside beside the water and the view across the harbour is lovely.

Johan & Nystrom Helsinki

Johan & Nystrom Helsinki

The inside is inviting too.

Johan & Nystrom Helsinki

There is a good selection of pastries.

Johan & Nystrom Helsinki

Johan & Nystrom Helsinki

The coffee is great and the almond croissant was one of the best I have tasted.

Johan & Nystrom Helsinki

Johan & Nystrom is one of my favourite places to stop for coffee in Helsinki.

Kanavaranta 7. Katajanokka district.

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New Arabia shop

Beautiful Arabia ceramics have been around since 1873 when the brand new factory was built near Helsinki. Within a couple of years the output from the factory accounted for half of the total annual ceramics production in the whole country.

Arabia ceramics are known the world over for their beautiful design and practicality.

A brand new shop has opened at 23 Pohjoisesplanadi.

Arabia Esplanadi

It is full of gorgeous things.

Arabia Esplanadi

Arabia Esplanadi

Drop in and be delighted.

 

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Market Square is a fun place to be in summer. There are colourful stalls selling fresh produce and hand made items.

The wonderful open air pool is waiting nearby…what a fun thing to do in the city.

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On Helsinki Day 40 seals, almost 7 feet tall, were placed in Senate Square to highlight the need to protect the Baltic Sea.

At the end of summer the seals will leave to square and take up residence around the city. In the meantime, they look wonderful in Senate Square…be sure to drop in to take a look if you are in Helsinki.

I think it is an excellent reminder to look after all our seas and oceans.

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